2010 Telmo Rodríguez Rueda Basa Blanco – Spain, Castilla y León, Rueda (2/5/2012) Green and white fruits, grass on the nose; quite fruity on the palate, but with good acidity. Simple, but tasty. (87 points)
2008 Cycles Gladiator Belle Epoque – USA, California, Central Coast (4/14/2012) Ripe, fairly sweet black fruits, vanilla, coffee, alcohol. Do not drink too warm. Good quaffer if you like them on the sweet side. Not for me though. (86 points)
The wine cellar of the defunct Belgian 2-star Michelin restaurant ‘t Oud Konijntje in Waregem, province of Oost-Vlaanderen, will be auctioned off on 12 May in the Salons Leieburcht in Sint-Ellois-Vijve. The collection contains thousands of bottles of top wines. The restaurant closed in December of 2010. On the website of the (dutch language) Krant van West-Vlaanderen you’ll find photo’s > Read more …
A British winemaker has finally been given official approval to release a limited-edition wine made in collaboration with Malbec grape growers in Argentina, on one condition: It can’t sell the wine, or label it a Malbec. Actually, it can’t even call it wine at all… Read more over at the NPR site: Don’t Call It A Malbec: Europe Sours On > Read more …
Chateau Latour, the famous first growth, told wine merchants today in Bordeaux that 2011 will be the last vintage it sells as futures, or en primeur. Only bottled wines will be sold from the winery, and vintages will be released when the chateau believes they are ready to drink. Read more on James Suckling’s blog.
2009 Pierre Damoy Bourgogne – France, Burgundy, Bourgogne (3/1/2012) Lots of vibrant red fruits, with a backbone of forest floor, licorice and aromatic herbs. More integrated on the second day. Very good, even at the price level. (89 points)
2009 Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani Siri D’Jermu – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Dolcetto di Dogliani (3/9/2012) Black and red berries (raspberries, blackberries, sour cherries), exotic spices, cherry-like acidity… still young, only opened up on the second day. Much improved since last tasted. (90 points)